Start early and stay late, folks. That goes for the holiday weekend in the LGBTQ-ATL itself and each night within it. Scroll down for more to love in the nightlife shenanigans department.
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Thanksgiving Eve (top photo). Before you head off into to the family or no-family holiday, DJ Eric James headlines the shenanigans @ Heretic, 10 p.m.
Bulldogs Eve. The tradition continues @ Bulldogs, 4 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Dave Aude. By overwhelming demand, he’s back and rocking Thanksgiving Eve in Atlanta. No cover before 10 @ Ten, 9 p.m.
Twisted Broadway. Edie Cheezburger and the girls do drag dinner theater with a Broadway twist @ Lips, 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8:45 p.m. show.
Decades Dance Party. A different decade each hour from 70s to today with DJ Mister Richard @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.
Thanksgiving Eve Karaoke Bash. Thad Steven hosts the holiday lesbians and their guests on the mic for the 23rd year @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 28
Happy Thanksgiving! Your favorite watering hole is most likely open for holiday hours, and could even be serving food. Check in with them before heading out.
Friendsgiving (second photo). Complimentary meal plus drink specials @ Midtown Moon, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Stay late for Pussy Cat Cabaret.
Friday, Nov. 29
Fem Friday (third photo). Get your weekend started with DJ beats, performances and scores of women in Midtown’s home for Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Puddles Pity Party & Friends. The singing-clown national sensation with all the cool, queer local ties serves a holiday jubilee like only he can do @ Center Stage, 8 p.m.
Pain and Glory. Pedro Almodovar’s autobiographical film about a gay director in physical decline runs @ Midtown Art Cinema, all week.
The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger, Jaye Lish and the cast bring their brand of drag to their new home @ Midtown Moon, 9 p.m.
Pump. DJ Eric James + no cover = ongoing shirtless dancing-queen holiday weekend @ Heretic, 10 p.m.
Queer Bait. Party with the East Atlanta cool kids @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
DJ Housecat. Tracey Levine kicks off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.
Celestial Friday with Celeste Holmes puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars. Don’t forget Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.
Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. Charlie Brown, the undisputed Bitch of the South and her gurlz entertain with dinner and a show amid the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar. Make Reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m.
Fresh Fish Friday & Moonlight Cabaret. The new faces of Fresh Fish drag show wrap your week, then the drag eleganza of Moonlight Cabaret starts the weekend @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30
Furball XXX (fourth photo). DJ Dan De Leon corrals the queers with a scandalous theme and Beefyboy, Bearskin and BWM in tow @ Heretic, 10 p.m.
#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party as the sun drops @ Mary’s, 2:30 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.
Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the theater experience of Atlanta’s drag restaurant and bar. Make reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m.
Ruby’s Redd Light District & Moonlight Cabaret. Queens on the scene @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11p.m.
Michelle Malone. Celebrate the release of the queer blues rocker’s holiday band CD. The Hot Toddies perform during their holiday party @ Crimson Moon, Dahlonega, 7 p.m.
Hotlanta Rubber & Gear Night leaves you breathless @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.
Midtown Saturday Night lays beats on both decks with you in the spotlight @ Ten, 10 p.m
Pop! Popup drag and Popup men werqs Saturday night into a frenzy @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 1
12.01 Ball: We Declare War (bottom photo) Icon Father Kamaro Blahnik offers huge cash prizes in OTA Runway and FQ Realness honor World AIDS Day to benefit Positive Impact Health Centers @ Silver Ultra Lounge, 5 p.m
World AIDS Day Tea Dance & Vigil. DJ Neon the Glowgobear, pop-up drag, a free food buffet and so much more @ Hideaway, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tara Coyt Literature Night. The author reads from her new book “Real Talk About LGBTQIAP: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual , and Pansexual,” and other writers will also read with queer lit lover Franklin Abbott as host @ Wallers Coffee Shop, Decatur, 6:30 p.m.
Super-Sized Sunday. First, it’s High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the legendary Sunday drag show kicks off with an all-star cast @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.
Sporty Sunday Funday. Games and matches on screen, plus all the guys to watch them with @ Woofs, 12 noon.
Heifer Review. Ruby Redd corrals the queens on the patio, this week with the bonus of being HSL’s Extra Inning Beer Bust @ Midtown Moon, 1 p.m.
Drag Me to Brunch. Good grub and cool queens serve Sunday vibes @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m.
Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 41st year of weekly shows @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m.